Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff will prepare and deliver more than 300 Thanksgiving meals to food-insecure Winston-Salem residents during Turkeypalooza. This annual event, hosted by The Campus Kitchen at Wake Forest, will be held Nov. 13 – 17.
Each year, The Campus Kitchen works to incorporate dishes cooked from scratch, using as many local ingredients as possible. These Thanksgiving meals include a variety of favorites, including locally-sourced turkeys, cranberry sauce and pumpkin cookies.
Volunteers prepare meals during cooking shifts and make deliveries to Triad-area organizations like Samaritan Ministries, Azalea Terrace Senior Apartments and El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services.
Media are welcome to visit cooking shifts Sunday, Nov. 13 – Thursday, Nov. 17 in the Campus Kitchen Lounge in Kitchin Residence Hall from 5 – 9 p.m.
Turkeypalooza, which coincides with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov. 12 – 20), has been hosted by The Campus Kitchen for 11 years. Through local partnerships, meals are distributed to community members in need the week before Thanksgiving.
“This event is important in fighting hunger in our city because it brings together our entire campus to make a difference in Winston-Salem.” Jess Jordan, senior
“Winston-Salem is one of the most food-insecure cities in the country,” said senior Jess Jordan, a student coordinator for Turkeypalooza. “During Turkeypalooza, we attempt to address this food insecurity by preparing full Thanksgiving meals for our community partners.”
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“Students involved in service have the opportunity to give back, strengthen the community and make a difference,” said senior Brittni Milner, a student coordinator. “By volunteering during Turkeypalooza, students are able to expand their horizons outside of Wake Forest and spread the love especially during the time of Thanksgiving.”
Volunteers can sign up for cooking and delivering shifts on The Campus Kitchen’s website.
“The smiles of those receiving the Thanksgiving meals is so meaningful and brings me so much happiness,” Milner said.